Of double edge, and with a dreadful cry
Sprang on him; but Ulysses with a shaft
In that same moment through his bosom drivn
Transfixd his liver, and down droppd his sword.
He, staggering around his table, fell
Convolvd in agonies, and overturnd
Both food and wine; his forehead smote the floor;
Woe filld his heart, and spurning with his heels
His vacant seat, he shook it till he died.
Then, with his faulchion drawn, Amphinomus
Advanced to drive Ulysses from the door,
And fierce was his assault; but, from behind,
Telemachus between his shoulders fixd
A brazen lance, and urged it through his breast.
Full on his front, with hideous sound, he fell.
Leaving the weapon planted in his spine
Back flew Telemachus, lest, had he stood
Drawing it forth, some enemy, perchance,
Should either pierce him with a sudden thrust
Oblique, or hew him with a downright edge.
Swift, therefore, to his fathers side he ran,
Whom reaching, in wingd accents thus he said.
An helmet, and two spears; I will enclose
Myself in armour also, and will give
Both to the herdsmen and Eum
Expedient now, and needful for us all.
Run; fetch them, while I yet have arrows left,
Lest, single, I be justled from the door.
Seeking the chamber where he had secured
The armour. Thence he took four shields, eight spears,
With four hair-crested helmets, charged with which
He hasted to his fathers side again,
And, arming first himself, furnishd with arms
His two attendants. Then, all clad alike
In splendid brass, beside the dauntless Chief
Ulysses, his auxiliars firm they stood.
He, while a single arrow unemployd
Lay at his foot, right-aiming, ever pierced
Some suitor through, and heaps on heaps they fell.
But when his arrows faild the royal Chief,
His bow reclining at the portals side
Against the palace- wall, he slung, himself,
A four-fold buckler on his arm, he fixd
A casque whose crest wavd awful oer his brows
On his illustrious head, and filld his gripe
With two stout spears, well-headed, both, with brass.
At the gate-side, the customary pass
Into a narrow street, but barrd secure.
Ulysses bade his faithful swine-herd watch
That egress, stationd near it, for it ownd
One sole approach; then Agelaü loud
Exhorting all the suitors, thus exclaimd.
Of yonder postern, summon to our aid
The populace, and spread a wide alarm?
So shall this archer soon have shot his last.
Melanthius. Agelaüs! Prince renownd!
That may not be. The postern and the gate
Neighbour too near each other, and to force
The narrow egress were a vain attempt;
One valiant man might thence repulse us all.
But comemyself will furnish you with arms
Fetchd from above; for there, as I suppose,
(And not elsewhere) Ulysses and his son
Have hidden them, and there they shall be found.
Ulysses chambers through the winding stairs
And gallries of the house. Twelve bucklers thence
He took, as many spears, and helmets bright
As many, shaggd with hair, then swift returnd
And gave them to his friends. Trembled the heart
Of brave Ulysses, and his knees, at sight
of his opposers putting armour on,
And shaking each his spear; arduous indeed
Now seemd his task, and in wingd accents brief
Thus to his son Telemachus he spake.
Hard battle for us, furnishing with arms
The suitors, or Melanthius arms them all.
Father, this fault was mine, and be it charged
On none beside; I left the chamber-door
Unbarrd, which, more attentive than myself,
Their spy perceived. But haste, Eum
The chamber-door, observing well, the while,
If any women of our train have done
This deed, or whether, as I more suspect,
Melanthius, Dolius son, have givn them arms.
Melanthius to the chamber flew in quest
Of other arms. Eum
Markd him, and to Ulysses thus he spake.
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